How To Update Google Nexus S to Android 2.3.4

Earlier today we told you about Google starting the over the air updates of Android 2.3.4, the latest in the Android OS for mobile phones. Currently this upgrade will only be available for the Google Nexus S and the Nexus One, but you’ll have to wait for the update notification to actually update. To avoid jealousy issues when you see your friends Nexus S being able to video call on Google Talk, I will be telling you how to manually update your Nexus S to Android 2.3.4.

Nexus S

Below are the steps you’ll have to follow so that you can get your Nexus S running some sweet and baked Gingerbread 2.3.4. Sorry, Nexus One folks, you’ll have to wait for the OTA update or for the XDA developers to come out with some technique.  Again, this has to be done manually, so don’t expect your phone to magically start running Android 2.3.4 once you download the update:

  • First of all, you’ll need to download the update file from Google. Click here to download Android 2.3.4 update.
  • The download is in .zip format, but doesn’t require you to unzip. Just leave it the way it is.
  • Now place the downloaded zip file in the root of your internal storage or SD card. You know, just connect your phone and it should normally show the internal storage/SD card in My Computer. Copy, paste and disconnect your Nexus S.
  • Switch off your phone. Now this is important, while you switch it back on, hold the Volume Up key to go into the bootloader menu. Volume Up+Power.
  • Once in the Bootloader menu, use the volume keys to point to Recovery and use the Power button to select.
  • You should see a sign like this on your screen /!\ now. Keep pressing the Volume Up key while holding the power button to get a screen which will show you the file that you saved in root of your memory card.
  • Select the “apply update from /sdcard”, and select the required update file, Press Power button and voila!! Wait for your update to be installed and then select ‘reboot system now’ and the Nexus S should boot into Android 2.3.4.

That is all!! And you’re welcome.You can now show all your friends how cool the new Google Talk is and start video calling everyone on your contacts list(those who own a Nexus S).

[ Via Android Central ]